FaZe Clan is an American professional eSports organization, mostly known for its presence in the Call of Duty scene.
FaZe Clan comes to CS:GO
FaZe Clan first came into the scene with the acquisition of the roster of G2 Esports. The team's first tournament under FaZe would be at DreamHack Leipzig 2016, where they would start in Group A up against Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's Luminosity Gaming in a Best-of-one. Their first match of the tournament would go well for the Europeans, with a 16-9 victory on Inferno, with Håvard "rain" Nygaard top-fragging with an HLTV rating of 1.64.
The next match for the team would be against Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko's Natus Vincere, who were the favorites of Group A. This match-up would not go as well for FaZe, as the team would be completely shut out by enemy AWPer Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács, and would end the match with a reverse scoreline of the previous match-up, finishing 9-16 on Train.
After losing their previous match, the deciding factor between moving on and going home would lie within a rematch with the Brazilians of Luminosity Gaming, this time in a Best-of-three. The first map would go poorly for FaZe, bombing out on Train with a 7-16 scoreline. However, the next map would go even worse for the Europeans, on Cache they would end the map early against Luminosity Gaming and finishing 5-16. This would mark a 5-6th group stage finish and an earning of $3,000, as the team was no match against opposing Marcelo "coldzera" David's stellar performance.
A CS Legend turned coach
On February 9th, 2016, FaZe Clan adds Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström as a coach. Formerly, he was widely regard as one of the best in Counter-Strike, primarily know for his long runs in Ninjas in Pyjamas and SK Gaming, where he and his team placed highly in many events. With more experience on FaZe's side, the first tournament that was to be attended with this new coach would be the Intel Extreme Masters X - World Championship, which gave the team a month of preparation.
The first match of the Group B round robin for FaZe would be against Bulgarian side E-Frag.net Esports Club, who would be attending with Nikolay "pNshr" Paunin as a stand-in for Simeon "dream3r" Ganev. FaZe would easily take down the Bulgarians, taking Cache 16-5 in a Best-of-one.
The next match of the Group for FaZe would be against Brazilian rising star Henrique "HEN1" Teles's team Tempo Storm. This match-up would prove to be quite a struggle for FaZe, where the match would be taken into overtime on Dust II. The match would eventually be tied up despite FaZe having a round deficit of 5-10 by the first half, and would go into overtime. However, Norwegian duo Joakim "jkaem" Myrbostad and Håvard "rain" Nyagaard would help pull in the win for FaZe, ending the match with a score of 19-16.
The next match-up would mark the third match of the day for FaZe and also marks the point where the team started to slip up. This time FaZe would be going against Nathan "NBK" Schmitt's Team EnVyUs, which were in a slump at the time. Despite this, FaZe would be taken down by the opposing French side on Train 12-16, which would be their first loss in the group.
The next match would be against the former teammates of FaZe's Philip "aizy" Aistrup, now taking the form of an opposing Astralis. FaZe would continue their soon-to-be losing spree here as well, being easily taken down on Inferno by opposing Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz and crew, ending the battle between the two teams at 5-16 scoreline.
The final match-up of the group would decide whether FaZe Clan or Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski's Virtus.pro, who like Team EnVyUs were also considered to be in a slump at the time. The final match of Group B would prove to be a close game for both sides, with the first half of Mirage ending 8-7. However, FaZe continued to slip and would lose the match 13-16, marking an earning of $7,000 as well as another group stage exit for the team.
The MLG Columbus Major
Going into the first major of 2016, MLG Major Championship: Columbus, FaZe would play their first match of Group B against Spencer "Hiko" Martin's Team Liquid. The only map of the match-up would be played on Cache, with FaZe starting on the CT side. The matchup would not start well, ending the first half with a 3-12 scoreline. Though they would later gain 8 more rounds, they would eventually fall into the lower bracket, being defeated with an 11-16 score.
In the lower bracket, the Europeans would be going up against Arya "arya" Hekmat's Splyce. The match went well for FaZe and they manage to win 16-3 on Inferno and with Philip "aizy" Aistrup top-fragging with an HLTV rating of 1.83.
In the loser final FaZe would be against Jesper "JW" Wecksell's Fnatic. The first map was Mirage and Fnatic took the first half ending 10-5. The second half was close but Fnatic manage to win the first map 16-10. On the next map Cobblestone Fnatic was still dominant and won the first half with 10-5. Faze never got a got a chance to come back and lost the second map 16-6 and they were out of the tournament.
After the major captain Mikail "Maikelele" Bill announced that he will step down from the active roster.
A French change
After Mikail "Maikelele" Bill announcement FaZe started to search for a replacement and only three days before DreamHack Masters Malmö FaZe acquires French player Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey from Team EnVyUs.
At DreamHack Masters Malmö they would start in Group D with teams Virtus.pro, Tempo Storm, and Team EnVyUs. FaZe would play their first match against Jarosław "pasha" Jarząbkowski's Virtus.pro. FaZe lost the first match 16-8 on Train and were heading to play the loser match against Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey's former team, Team EnVyUs, with Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon filling the opponents final spot on the roster.
The match was very close on Cache and FaZe manage to win the first half 9-6. But in the second half FaZe started to struggle and Team EnVyUs manage to win the match 12-16, marking an earning of $2,000 as well as another group stage exit for the team.
A Bosnian Beast joins
After Philip "aizy" Aistrup 's departure to North, FaZe were able to strengthen their team even more by buying out one of the biggest stars in CS:GO—Nikola "NiKo" Kovač from mousesports. The implementation of the Bosnian star proved to be successful, as FaZe were able to reach the finals of IEM Katowice 2017 and win the StarSeries Season 3 finals.
- January 20th - FaZe Clan acquires the roster of G2 Esports for a reported amount of $700,000.
- February 9th - RobbaN is announced as the new coach 
- April 3rd - Maikelele announces FaZe departure. 
- April 10th - FaZe Clan acquires kioShiMa from Team EnVyUs. It is revealed that Maikelele is still under contract with FaZe 
- August 16th - FaZe Clan acquires allu from ENCE eSports to replace fox, who will remain under contract with the team 
- October 19th - FaZe Clan acquires karrigan from Astralis, kioShiMa moves to a backup position 
- November 9th - kioShiMa rejoins the roster, jkaem moves to backup position 
|rain||Håvard Nygaard||2016-01-20 |
|kioShiMa||Fabien Fiey||2016-04-10 |
|allu||Aleksi Jalli||2016-08-16 |
|karrigan||Finn Andersen||2016-10-19 |
|NiKo||Nikola Kovač||2017-02-19 |
|RobbaN (Coach)||Robert Dahlström||2016-02-09 |
|tenzki||Jesper Plougmann Mikalski||
||kioShiMa||Fabien Fiey||EPL Season 5 - Europe (vs. mousesports)|
|ID||Name||Join Date||Leave Date||New Team|
|jkaem||Joakim Myrbostad||2016-01-20 ||2017-03-20 ||Team Dignitas|
|aizy||Philip Aistrup||2016-01-20 ||2017-02-08 ||North|
|fox||Ricardo Pacheco||2016-01-20 ||2016-10-?? ||SK Gaming|
|Maikelele||Mikail Bill||2016-01-20 ||2016-09-?? ||qwerty|
|jkaem||Joakim Myrbostad|| EPL Season 5 - Europe|
DreamHack Masters Las Vegas 2017
||jkaem||Joakim Myrbostad||EPL Season 3 - Europe|
|ID||Name||Position||Join Date||Leave Date|
|zbM||Zebastian Molinder||Manager of CS:GO Team||2016-01-21 ||2017-01-11 |
|2017-05-11||7th||Premier||ESL Pro League Season 5 - Europe||14/12||Grp. S.||$27,000|
|2017-05-07||2nd||Premier||Intel Extreme Masters XII - Sydney||1 : 3||$40,000|
|2017-04-09||1st||Premier||StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3||2 : 1||$125,000|
|2017-03-05||2nd||Premier||Intel Extreme Masters XI - World Championship||1 : 3||$44,000|
|2017-01-28||5 - 8th||Premier||ELEAGUE Major 2017||1 : 2||$35,000|
|2016-12-10||5 - 6th||Premier||Esports Championship Series Season 2 - Finals||1 : 2||$45,000|
|2016-12-02||3 - 4th||Premier||ELEAGUE Season 2||0 : 2||$60,000|
|2016-11-20||3 - 4th||Premier||Intel Extreme Masters XI - Oakland||1 : 2||$30,000|
|2016-10-28||7 - 8th||Premier||ESL Pro League Season 4 - Finals||2/3||Grp. S.||$30,000|
|2016-07-15||9 - 10th||Premier||ELEAGUE Season 1||1 : 2||$40,000|
|About achievementsComplete Results in any Tournament|
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- Josh Raven (2016-01-25). "With $700,000 price tag, FaZe becomes the most expensive CS:GO team in history". TheDailyDot.com.
- "Please join us in welcoming RobbaN as FaZe's 2016 coach!". FaZe Clan. 2016-02-09.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2016-04-03). "Maikelele announces FaZe exit". HLTV.
- Striker (2016-04-10). "kioShiMa joins up with FaZe". HLTV.
- "FaZe CS:GO Acquires allu". FaZe Clan. 2016-08-16.
- Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin (2016-10-19). "karrigan joins FaZe". HLTV.
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2016-11-09). "kioShiMa returns to FaZe roster". HLTV.
- "Welcome aizy!". North. 2017-02-08.
- "FAZE CS:GO TRANSFER NEWS: FaZe Clan have purchased @mouzNiKo from @mousesports.". faze.
- Professeur (2017-03-20). "dignitas unveil new roster". HLTV.
- Ricardo "fox" Pacheco (2016-10-22). "fox contract up".
- Mikail "Maikelele" Bill (2016-09-29). "Maikelele contract up".
- Luis "MIRAA" Mira (2017-02-11). "jkaem to play for FaZe in Vegas". HLTV.
- Mikail "Maikelele" Bill (2016-01-21). https://twitter.com/Maikelele/status/690307509672919040.
- Zebastian "zbM" Molinder (2017-01-11). "I'm leaving Faze Clan & Manager role!".